Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today I have Kaylee, the love interest from Megan Bostic's Never Eighteen, for an interview of sorts! She is here courtesy of the Teen {Book} Scene blog tour. Today she's talking about my favorite topic - books - and which ones she calls favorites!

I’m mostly into realistic stuff, with only a couple fantasy or sci-fi type books on my shelf.

Of course I love the classics, especially the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen. I also loved, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Handmaid’s Tale, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Princess Bride. I love a book with a strong female character. Maybe that’s because I’m such a wimp. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.

I have a bazillion books on my shelf. I never get rid of any. I have just about every book Judy Blume has ever written. Of course, the Harry Potter series. I also love Ellen Hopkins books, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

And I’m a sucker for Nicholas Sparks. I love a good weepie.

I’d keep going, but I don’t want to bore you to death. :)

Thanks, Kaylee (and Megan) for stopping by bookmarked today! My love for Nick and Norah is no secret. That Kaylee is a girl after my own heart.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Today I have Harper, the main character from Hannah Harrington's Saving June, for an interview of sorts! She is here courtesy of the Teen {Book} Scene blog tour. I really enjoyed Harper's story and was super excited about getting to know her better.

Summer/Winter – Because there’s no school!

Sweet/Salty – Harper has a weakness for potato chips.

Chocolate/Vanilla – Preferably vanilla with sprinkes. It’s okay if there aren’t, though; she’s a low-maintenance girl!

Noise/Silence – Harper’s not exactly a people person.

Light/Dark – She has a penchant for dark colors—wearing a lot of black hoodies and black nail polish.

Pancake/Waffle – Her dad used to make them every Sunday morning when she was a kid.

Early bird/Night owl – Harper is the kind of person who hits the snooze button ten times in the morning.

Truth/Lies – The truth can hurt, but she’ll always take it over what is easy.

Neat/Messy – Much to her mother’s ire! She missed out on the organizational gene.

Past/Future – Harper’s learned that it’s better to look to the future instead of holding on to the past.

Thanks, Harper (and Hannah) for stopping by bookmarked today!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Never Eighteen
Megan Bostic
Publisher: Graphia
Released: January 17, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 204
Source: The Teen {Book} Scene
Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go.

But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.
So I may be a bit biased when it comes to this story. Back in March, a friend of mine died from leukemia at the age of twenty-five. Now there were numerous people much closer to him who I'm sure felt his death as more of a blow than I did; however, Marshall's death really had a profound impact on me. As cliched as it is, we truly never know which day will be our last. But in honor of those already gone, we should live each day as if it were.

Austin may not know exactly how long he has left, but he knows it isn't long. And before he's gone, he feels like he has to make a difference - even if it's just a small one. He sets out to mend broken hearts and broken families, and he tries to experience a few more "firsts." He does all this over the course of one weekend with his best friend Kaylee by his side.

This book may have been a little predictable at times, and there were a few scenes with choppy dialogue that sort of took my out of the moment. But, this book is all about emotion, and let me just tell you: this book made me ugly cry. I'm talking get-up-and-blow-your-nose-mid-page-because-snot-is-dripping-down-your-face cry. The kind of wake-up-your-partner-in-the-middle-of-the-night-to-an-apparent-crisis cry. So regardless of a few technical issues, Megan Bostic evoked more emotion from me than an author has done in a very long time. And although I could do without the snot and the cranky fiancé, sometimes a girl needs to ugly cry.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Author Interview: Heather Davis of Wherever You Go

Today I have Heather Davis, author of Wherever You Go, on the blog for an interview!

1. Twitter style: describe WHEREVER YOU GO in 140 characters or less.

Wherever You Go is a YA novel about the seen and unseen people in our lives. It’s about letting go of past hurt and embracing the future.

2. What are three things you must have for a productive writing day?

A cup of stovetop espresso with a touch of milk. My kitty cat Harper to distract me from time to time. Music -- I listen to everything from classic alternative to Dolly Parton’s country music if it helps the book.

3. I love WHEREVER YOU GO’s cover. Did you have any input and were you pleased with the final outcome?

My agent and I had liked the image of the girl when first shown it. There was another cover idea with flowers - but we felt that the girl had the same burdened look in her eyes that Holly should have. I love the colors, too. But the best part? The cover quote from Laini Taylor, an author I really admire.

4. Who are some of your writing inspirations?

My English teacher dad used to write stories. I used to find the beginnings of his stories in his study and dream up my own endings.

5. I understand WHEREVER YOU GO is told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob. Was there one character you enjoyed writing more?

I can’t say that there was a favorite -- but I came to love Rob so much by the end of the book. All of the characters are heading toward change, but his is the biggest of all. Seeing yourself and others clearly and loving you/them anyway is the biggest change you can make in your life.

Thanks, Heather, for stopping by bookmarked today! Be sure to check out the other tour stops for more interviews, guest posts, and reviews!
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